The dental hygienist / therapist’s role in managing peri-implantitis – Dr Alif Moosajee at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2019

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  Posted by: Dental Design      7th February 2019

“Implant dentistry has been growing in recent years due to the many benefits implants offer patients with one or more missing teeth. However, they don’t come without their issues. Peri-implantitis is a major concern, so it’s important to identify any possible complications as early as possible so as not to affect long-term treatment outcomes.

“Dental hygienists and therapists are often on the front line when it comes to recognising problems such as peri-implant disease. It’s therefore essential that they receive sufficient training and are confident in the area so they can pick up issues as they develop and work with the dentist to prevent disease progression.”

Dr Alif Moosajee, A.K.A. The Smiling Dentist, is the Principal of Oakdale Dental in Leicester. With a real passion for dentistry and caring for his patients, he has a special interest in dental implantology and is keen to share his knowledge and experience with colleagues in order to improve treatment outcomes across the board.

Dr Moosajee will be presenting within the Hygienist & Therapist Symposium on Friday 17thMay at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2019. His session – “The Hygienist / Therapist’s Guide to Peri-implant Disease” – will cover everything dental hygienists and therapists need to know about identifying, managing and treating peri-implant complications. He continues:

“During my lecture, I aim to simplify the terminology surrounding implantology and peri-implant disease. I hope to help delegates understand exactly what they should be looking for, so they can quickly alert dentists and ultimately deliver better care to their patients.

“I will also discuss the key differences between natural teeth and implant-retained restorations, as well as why implants tend to be more susceptible to soft tissue complications. I will go on to explore how planning for implant placement can be improved in order to make treatment outcomes more predictable and prevent the risk of common surgical errors that can lead to peri-implantitis.”

Think this isn’t for you because your practice doesn’t place dental implants? Dr Moosajee would urge you to think again…

“The session will be relevant to all dental hygienists and therapists, regardless of whether the dentists they work with actually place dental implants or not. Even for those GDPs who refer implants to other clinicians, they and their team remain responsible for the long-term care and maintenance of the implants in their patients’ mouth. Similarly, the majority of practices will welcome new patients with existing implants at some point as well. Every practice team therefore needs to be aware of the risks and symptoms of peri-implant disease so that they can care for patients effectively.

“It is definitely a team effort – particularly as the role of the dental hygienist / therapist is to monitor and maintain the oral health of their patients. Only with the right knowledge can they detect and refer any potential issues that develop to the dentist and help prevent significant complications for patients in the future. I hope to enhance delegates’ confidence when it comes to identifying and managing peri-implantitis effectively.”

In addition, Dr Moosajee’s session will demonstrate how to classify peri-implantitis, offering delegates a wealth of practical information to help them look after any patients with implants for years to come. It will be one of several sessions held in the Hygienist & Therapist Symposium throughout the two-day event, which are all designed specifically for professionals in these roles. With enhanced CPD available, plus the chance to hear from various other inspirational speakers in the field, the programme will offer something for everyone.

Further still, the trade floor will host more than 400 dental companies offerings demonstrations, samples and show-only offers on cutting-edge solutions. Discover the latest technologies available to help you deliver a better service, as well as new oral health products to enhance your patients’ home care routines. Plus, you’ll have the chance to catch up with friends, swap stories with colleagues and gain fresh ideas to implement within your own practice on Monday morning.

Completely free for all delegates to attend, the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2019 is not an event to miss. Dr Moosajee adds:

“I have attended the event in previous years for its education and networking. In light of the collaboration with the BDA, I am certainly looking forward to visiting in 2019.”


The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2019 will be held on Friday 17thand Saturday 18thMay at the Birmingham NEC, co-located with DTS.


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